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MonumentSCVH-26

Mostly finished. The foliage is way too colorful and needs some serious aging. The mirror is now in place and hides the skull during the day. At night, when the skull is backlit, it will be visible through the mirror. We use softly flickering illumination which causes the skull to appear and disappear. During the day you simply see your own reflection.

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Comment by Foolishmortal42 on February 4, 2015 at 10:30pm
The monument is fantastic. I actually have a question about the fence behind it. What did you use for the vertical square bars? I like the look of this better than the pvc that many use.
Comment by michele hall on October 16, 2014 at 9:56pm
It looks so real and the backlighting of the skull sounds really cool! You do amazing work!!
Comment by John on October 7, 2014 at 3:51pm

Incredible work! very Impressive!

Comment by Joseph Rabun on September 12, 2014 at 6:58pm

Absolutely amazing craft, design, and execution! 

Comment by Jeffrey Scot on September 2, 2014 at 10:44pm

Hey Steve O,

I'm sincerely grateful for your incredibly generous feedback! This project was a lot of fun and I hope to get some decent video of the following-face effect to share here as well. The letters were laser-cut for us by a company called Craft Cuts. Our experience with them has always been exceptional. They ship quickly and the letters are of high quality. We often request custom fonts not listed on their menu, and they have always come through for us. The familiar (all caps!) font used in this project is called 'Ravenscroft' and is the font used for Disney's Haunted Mansion. I use a strong two part epoxy to adhere the wooden letters to the monument and make sure to protect them from moisture with a good coat of DryLok. You can order from Craft Cuts online at: www.craftcuts.com

:)

I tried to document this build more thoroughly than some of my previous projects so folks could see our process. Not sure how well I succeeded, but the album is reasonably complete. If you have any other questions about this project, just let me know!

Comment by Steve O on September 2, 2014 at 10:55am

Jeffrey,

Once again, every year you manage to make one (or more) truly "wow" pieces, that show evolving, increasing skills and dedication to craft. Your progression through this hobby, and the resulting works should be a blueprint for members. 

Aside from some very well deserved praise, where did you get the letters cut?

Comment by Jeffrey Scot on August 28, 2014 at 4:25am

Hiya Foolishmortal42. Thanks for the very kind words!

:)

We started with a type of spray paint by Design Masters which is specifically made to be used as a tinting medium for silk/faux foliage. It's not like regular spray paint, but more of a subtle, translucent, and very fine tint. I used a mucky brown and a sepia toned color, very lightly, to age and dull the foliage surfaces. Then I came back with some exterior latex from Dunn Edwards called 'Ancient Earth' and used that for some extremely minimal(!) dry brushing. The results look creepy and decaying and awesome! If you use this technique, just remember to go slow. You can always add more paint if needed; removing excess paint is a challenge you don't want. And it really doesn't take much to effect a dramatic change.

Comment by Foolishmortal42 on August 26, 2014 at 10:16pm
This is fantastic. It looks great. How will you age the foliage? A black wash?
Comment by Oddities on August 22, 2014 at 1:38am
Extremely nice!!!
Comment by Jeffrey Scot on August 16, 2014 at 9:37pm

If you click on my name, you will be redirected to my GoE page. From there click on the 'photo albums' link in the menu on the left side of the page. You will find an album detailing how I built this piece. It doesn't have exact plans, but if you have basic woodworking skills you should be able to deconstruct this project fairly easily. I will be posing a few additional pics of the electrical gutty-parts and a video of the effect in action soon. Oh, and THANK YOU for the very(!) kind comments.

:)

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